Dec 23, 2009

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Why new-home sales drop was a shock

Dec 23, 2009
Sales of newly-built houses fell more than 11% last month, surprising analysts who expected an increase of around 5%. After all, sales of previously owned homes were up. So how did the experts get it so wrong? John Dimsdale explains.

Chinese car makers eye world markets

Dec 23, 2009
In the last week, three Chinese car makers agreed to buy portions of brands owned by American auto manufacturers. The deals show the Chinese companies are looking to compete on a global scale. Alisa Roth reports.

Will outage put squeeze on Blackberry?

Dec 23, 2009
The second BlackBerry blackout in a week has left users of the usually reliable device with idle thumbs for several hours. Bob Moon reports the company needs to be careful with its reputation, to keep rivals at bay.

Helping banks get back to the basics

Dec 23, 2009
Many small businesses' growth is on hold because banks aren't lending to them. Banks aren't lending because so many small business owners now have bad credit scores. How to end the stand-off? One lender may have found a way. Rob Schmitz reports.

Who said econ and poli sci don't mix?

Dec 23, 2009
Commentator Dan Drezner says one of the biggest changes that has gone unnoticed is the way the economy is now being studied -- with a healthy dose of political science.

What's my major? Health insurance.

Dec 23, 2009
With the economy still struggling and unemployment holding at double digits a lot of new college graduates can't find jobs, let alone jobs with health insurance. So some students are getting smart about staying insured. Sarah Varney reports.

How to pick a great wine from the seller

Dec 23, 2009
Want some nice wine to go with your holiday dinner? Wine can get expensive, even though it doesn't have to. Author Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl has some suggestions for the casual wine consumer in her new book, "Drink This." She gives Kai Ryssdal a taste.

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